Perhaps that’s what you’re thinking. Too many experts, too many offers. Not nearly enough time to listen to the whole slew of audio files and e-books you’ve already downloaded.
That’s what I thought, for sure, having been both a frequent guest and follower on many of the wellness oriented series of the past few years.
Then I had a brainstorm. Or more of a question, really. Who are we teachers, anyway, I asked myself. Beyond the images that we endeavor to project, what is life really like for us?
What happens when we step off the stage? When the workshop is over and we return to our own daily existence?
Are we able to practice what we preach? If not, what gets in the way? Especially when it’s really hard?
In the end, aren’t we all the same as human beings? Beneath the roles we play? Isn’t one of the greatest gifts we teachers can give a glimpse of the way our own lives are altered by the very same principles and practices we share with our students?
In the wake of all these questions, I began to imagine a very different kind of teleseminar, one I’d host, in which the personal lives of us teachers took center stage. In which we were willing to become vulnerable to listeners in a new and exciting way.
A New Vision
But then doubt crept in. Most great teachers love to tell stories from their past. These stories help demonstrate how we all can overcome our flaws and foibles. So maybe my teleseminar idea wasn’t so new after all.
With more reflection I came to understand that a telling a story from the past is one thing, but relating a personal challenge as it’s happening is quite another.
What I envisioned were teachers being willing to share, quite frankly, what they’re working through right now.What’s their edge? What’s still messy and unclear for them? What may become a teaching story down the road, but right now is their own work?
Yet as soon as this vision clarified, more doubt crept in. The possibility for such a teleseminar would come down to one more crucial question: Would the teachers people most want to hear from actually agree to take part? Would they allow people a truly revealing peek behind the curtain of their lives?
There was only one way to find out. I asked them directly. I started with a small list, and an email entitled “An Invitation to Radical Transparency.” Most of the people from that list said “Yes!’
Next, I asked the thousands of people on my own email list who they would most like to join the series. The names poured in, and I continued with my invitations. Soon, to my surprise and delight, there were more teachers interested than I even had room to include! To accommodate them all, I had to create an ever bigger event.
Over 20 weeks, beginning May 14th, you’ll get to know some of your favorite teachers like never before. You’ll experience a deep resonance with teachers you encounter for the first time. By sharing their own lives so candidly, these forty visionaries will advance our collective wisdom in powerful ways. And the radical invitation here isn’t just for them – it’s also for you.
If you’re willing to set aside your own opinions and judgments, and listen to these recordings directly from your own vulnerable heart, you’re bound to heal and transform far beyond the usual teleseminar’s limitations.
When relationship expert Daphne Rose Kingma speaks about her own love life, for example, you’ll have the opportunity to view your own intimate relationships with more compassion than ever before.
When Don Miguel Ruiz talks about life before, during and after his heart transplant, your own approach to death will inevitably deepen.
Each interview is like that. In recording them, I made it my mission to put my own personal challenges front and center. This made it as safe and easy as possible for the teachers to open up right along with me.
Sometimes they were off and running. Other times they got there more gradually. Either way, all the experts taking part in this series gave of themselves tremendously. They risked it for your benefit.
To take advantage of this gift, all you have to do is sign-up. There’s absolutely no cost or obligation.
I’m so glad I overcame my initial skepticism about teleseminars in order to put this one together.
I’m confident you will be, too.
So here’s to Radical Transparency as a new teaching paradigm for the 21st century.
As a matter of fact, here’s to Radical Transparency as a whole new way of being for the 21st century.
Because no matter where we are on our own path of personal growth and spiritual realization, none of us are just students. We’re all teachers, too. Our everyday lives are offerings to all the people with whom we come in contact.
Taking the cue from the wise and generous guests in this series, let’s all teach what we need to learn… and learn what we need to teach…starting now.